Bryan Reynolds is finally tired of Pittsburgh Pirates
It was seemingly a matter before Bryan Reynolds said that enough was enough with the Pittsburgh Pirates. That time has come.
According to Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Reynolds has requested to be traded. Jon Heyman of the New York Post added that the reason for the request is “an impasse” in discussions around a long term extension.
Pittsburgh Pirates holding on to Bryan Reynolds for now
At this point, there is no indication as to how far apart the two sides are in those discussions. The Pirates also do not have any plans to honor that request, noting that Reynolds has three years of team control left. In the end, this request would appear to be much ado about nothing.
The problem is that Reynolds is one of the leaders of the team. He is someone that the Pirates consider a vital part of their core, both in the present and future. With the likes of Ke’Bryan Hayes and Oneil Cruz in the majors, and Henry Davis, Termarr Johnson, and Nick Gonzalez getting closer to the majors, the Pirates could have a dangerous lineup in the near future.
It is understandable that they would want Reynolds to be a part of that core. He has been one of the more productive hitters for the Pirates, leading the team in OPS+ last season. Reynolds posted a .262/.345/.461 batting line with a career best 27 homers and 19 doubles in 2022, stealing seven bases. He is certainly the type of player that the Pirates would want to keep around.
But it ends up coming down to the price. While the two sides had agreed upon a two year extension worth $13.5 million prior to the 2022 season, that is not going to be enough for him to stay for the long haul. The Pirates need to ante up or bite the bullet and make a trade; otherwise, they will risk losing him for nothing once he reaches free agency.
Bryan Reynolds has had enough and is requesting a trade from the Pittsburgh Pirates. It may behoove them to make that deal.